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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS to PRESENT ALICE in WONDERLAND, JUNE 25-26

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS to PRESENT ALICE in WONDERLAND, JUNE 25-26

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va. students will perform Alice in Wonderland, an original musical, on Sat., June 25 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sun., June 26 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at 4915 E. Campus Dr., Alexandria, Va. Tickets range from $20 to $23 per person. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org to purchase.

The show will feature almost 1,000 MSA students in dance, music, and theater and bring to life the incredible adventures of Alice in Wonderland.

Everyone age three or older must have a ticket and a seat (age two and younger are permitted to sit on parent’s lap at no charge, but must not use a seat without purchasing a corresponding ticket). The shows do sell out, so we recommend purchasing tickets early. Tickets are for assigned seats and include free parking in the nearby garage.

Metropolitan School of the Arts to Present Alice In Wonderland, June 25-26

Metropolitan School of the Arts to Present Alice In Wonderland, June 25-26

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va. students will perform Alice in Wonderland, an original musical, on Sat., June 25 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sun., June 26 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at 4915 E. Campus Dr., Alexandria, Va. Tickets range from $20 to $23 per person. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org to purchase.

The show will feature almost 1,000 MSA students in dance, music, and theater and bring to life the incredible adventures of Alice in Wonderland.

Everyone age three or older must have a ticket and a seat (age two and younger are permitted to sit on parent’s lap at no charge, but must not use a seat without purchasing a corresponding ticket). The shows do sell out, so we recommend purchasing tickets early. Tickets are for assigned seats and include free parking in the nearby garage.

Smithsonian Debuts “CrossLines”: A Culture Lab” May 28 & May 29 in DC;Reopens Arts & Industries Bldg

Smithsonian Debuts “CrossLines”: A Culture Lab” May 28 & May 29 in DC;Reopens Arts & Industries Bldg

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center will debut “CrossLines”: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality” at the historic Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and May 29, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Featuring the works of more than 40 artists, scholars and performers, “CrossLines” will host an array of art installations, live performances and interactive maker spaces. Go to http://smithsonianapa.org/crosslines/.


This two-day event over the Memorial Day weekend marks the first time the Arts and Industries building has been open to the public since 2004. The building will host occasional pop-up exhibits and special programs for the public throughout the year. Beginning June 29, Arts and Industries will serve as the marketplace for the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

USA Today Names Haymarket, VA's 'Cook in Tuscany' Top Foodie Destination

USA Today Names Haymarket, VA's 'Cook in Tuscany' Top Foodie Destination

Cook in Tuscany, a Tuscan culinary tour, was recently named one of the top 15 Foodie Destinations by USA Today. Haymarket, Va.-based owners, George and Linda Meyers spend six months of the year in Tuscany, where they host their worldwide guests on cooking tours in authentic Tuscan kitchens, and guide guests on personalized Tuscan historic tours and truffle hunts. For more information, go to www.cookintuscany.com.

Hooray For Books! Donates To Metropolitan School Of The Arts

Hooray For Books! Donates To Metropolitan School Of The Arts

HOORAY for Books! of Old Town Alexandria, Va. is giving back to Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA), an Alexandria, Va. –based performing arts academy, by donating 20 percent of all book proceeds to MSA performing arts education from Tues, Apr. 19 to Thurs., April 21, located at 1555 King St., Alexandria, Va. Purchases and donations can be made via phone or online at 703-548-4092 or www.hooray4books.com.

“We are so grateful for this support and celebrate the importance of bringing together literature and the performing arts to our Alexandria community,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and president of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria, Va.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS to PERFORM SLEEP BEAUTY BALLET

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS to PERFORM SLEEP BEAUTY BALLET

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va. youth ballet is performing Sleeping Beauty on Sun., May 1 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. at The  George Washington Masonic National Memorial Theatre in Alexandria, Va., at  101 Callahan Drive. Tickets are $12 per person. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org to purchase.

MSA’s youth ballet, with leads Seemka Ogunfiditimi, MSA 10th grader of Alexandria, Va. and Elpida Voryas, MSA 9th grader of Alexandria, Va., shine in the ballet-rendition of the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty. Ticket sales helps support MSA’s Black Box Theatre project, a 200-seat performing arts theatre to be built in the heart of Kingstowne in Alexandria, Va., providing local performing arts venue for students and local shows.  Ogunfiditimi will be attending a summer program at the San Francisco Ballet, while Voryas will join the Boston Ballet summer intensive program.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS YOUTH TAP ENSEMBLE PERFORMS for BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION at NOVA

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS YOUTH TAP ENSEMBLE PERFORMS for BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION at NOVA

Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble of Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria, Va. recently performed for the Black History Month Celebration by Music at NOVA at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, Va.  Other entertainment included:  poetry, Martin Luther King, Jr. excerpts, NOVA Jazz Ensemble, NOVA Community Chorus and more. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org.   

“We were honored and thrilled to be part of NOVA’s Black History Month celebration – tap has rich roots in black history, and some of our greatest tap legends were African-American,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and president of Metropolitan School of the Arts Alexandria and Lorton, Va.